Photos are in Danger: Highlight 2


Smartphones

Over 1.5 billion pictures are captured on smartphones every day. Unfortunately, most of us don’t take the time to back up or transfer those images on a regular basis. And most automatic backup solutions prove difficult to use simply and effectively.

Smartphone theft is on the rise.

Consumer Reports estimates that in 2013, over 4.5 million smartphones were lost or stolen in just the United States —twice as many as those stolen the year prior. Unfortu­nately, there are no signs to indicate this trend will slow down any time soon. It’s a lucrative business for thieves, who can sell your device overseas on the black market.

Over 4.5 million smartphones were lost or stolen in just the United States – twice as many as those stolen the year prior.

Smartphones are great, but it’s easier than we’d like to lose or damage them. If you’re not careful, you could also lose photos.

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Believe it or not, bathrooms are an even more ominous threat. Surveys show that almost 50% of smartphone ac­cidents occur in the bathroom—which means you may be one restroom break away from flushing your whole life down the toilet!

Default backup options are only temporary.

Check the fine print. Yes, your phone provider offers an automatic cloud storage option, possibly at a high price. But it’s unlikely to be the magic cure-all you would hope for. Read the contract closely—you’re still responsible for backing up all of your stuff. Plus you could be allowing companies to access and use the content you upload to their services. Just because it’s better than nothing doesn’t mean it’s the best option.

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